Oct 15 || Linda Austin: 3 miles of possible (the second mile)

Photo above: Hannah Krafcik

All performances canceled except for October 15 due to performer illness.

FRI SEPT 304:30-6Mile 1—canceled
SAT OCT 16-7:30Mile 2—canceled
SUN OCT 24:30-7:30Mile 1 + 2—canceled
SAT OCT 155:30-7Mile 2

3 miles of possible explores the poetic and practical associations of “the possible” in a world of fluctuating personal, material, political and artistic contingencies. In the fall of 2021, PWNW’s Linda Austin presented the first of the three miles that will ultimately be traversed during the course of this longform solo performance. This fall, she unveils mile two. At summer solstice 2023, she will perform the piece in its entirety—all three miles, lasting between 4-5 hours.

In a work whose length is measured by distance, Austin animates and travels along a series of spatial paths envisioned as giant drawings, spells,and/or runes. These paths are threaded through with a variety of movement scores, choreographies, tasks, interactions with objects, guest artists, texts, songs, and sound compositions. Although much of the investigation is movement-based, visual, sonic, textual and discursive interventions touch upon utopian longings, possible world theory, and modal logic.
Thanks to those who have contributed and/or allowed use of their work: Juniana Lanning, Maxx Katz, Seth Nehil, and Renee Gladman.

  • Audience members must wear masks while inside the space. Austin will perform unmasked, but will test for COVID before the performanc
  • During the show, audience can come and go, and change seats as available.
  • Refreshments will be available in the backyard, and there is pizza across the street!

Linda Austin is an award-winning movement artist whose work as a performer, choreographer, curator, and mentor to younger artists has made its mark on the Portland arts ecosystem since she returned to Oregon in 1998 after 2 decades in New York City. She and partner Jeff Forbes founded Performance Works NorthWest in 1999 and their studio theater has been active since 2000 as a home for Austin’s work, while also serving as an incubator and catalyst for many other experimental performing and intermedia artists. 

Awards include the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Merce Cunningham Award (2017), a Fellowship in Performing Arts from the Regional Arts & Culture Council (2014), as well as Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (1992) and the Oregon Arts Commission (2007 & 2019). Austin’s performance projects have been supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and Movement Research, as well as residencies at PICA’s Creative Exchange Lab, Ucross Foundation, Djerassi, and Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center.